Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Costa Mesa, CA, United States

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Costa MesaMagic of Chopin

Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel
Pacific Symphony; Jean-Marie Zeitouni; Louis Lortie

Costa MesaBenjamin Grosvenor in recital

Mozart, Beethoven, Scriabin, Granados, Liszt
Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

Costa MesaA Sea Symphony

Lowry, Beethoven, Barber, Holst, Traditional American, Vaughan Williams
Pacific Symphony; John Alexander; Pacific Chorale; Layla Claire; Brian Mulligan

Costa MesaMozart & Don Quixote

Ravel, Mozart, Strauss R.
Pacific Symphony; Orli Shaham; Timothy Landauer

Costa MesaResurrection!

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Pacific Symphony; Carl St Clair; Pacific Chorale; John Alexander
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Whipped Cream, Ratmansky

American Ballet Theatre's Whipped Cream should be seen for Ryden's sets and costumes alone. A free-floating eye and a sweetshop whose ingredients come to life create a very surreal world.
***11
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Strauss' Vienna given the Hollywood treatment

Jeremy Denk's take on Brahms didn't impress Brahms, the Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor proving an unequal, if refreshing, contest. 
***11
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Pacific Chorale celebrates Alexander's last season

In “five large symphonic movements”, the performance had a celebratory air, poised somewhere between Mahler's “Resurrection” Symphony and Mozart's Requiem.
****1
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Pacific Symphony at its best

The Mozart was a immaculately smooth performance teased out with historically-informed ornaments and trills and turns. 
*****
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Renée in the OC: Fleming opens Pacific Symphony season

Renée Fleming joins the Pacific Symphony for Strauss, Italian Songs and Rodgers and Hammerstein. 
****1
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Ratmansky's Nutcracker travels West

The moment a mouse peeked out of a stewpot in the kitchen of the Stahlbaum’s kitchen, I knew that the current American Ballet Theatre version of The Nutcracker would keep me engaged all evening.
***11
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